Thursday, January 30, 2014

RUFF & HiDEF Meetings Report: January 2014 & December 2013

//////  Nine folders attended the January 2014 RUFF (Rosamond Upbeat Folding Fanatics) meeting. Two folders attended the January 2014 HiDEF (High-Desert Enthusiastic Folders) meeting.

Origamies we folded in January:

Acrobatic Horse.  Design is Traditional Chinese. Happy Year of the Horse (31jan14-18feb15)! A diagram can be found in “Simple Traditional Origami” by Tomoko Fuse, page 48. Diagrams can also be found on-line. A friend provided the following information:  This model was introduced in the West by Philip Noble, who learned it from an Anglican Bishop of Singapore. The source for this information is British Origami Magazine 123 (April 1983), page 9-11, text and diagram. In 1991, the model was published in the book “Origami Christmas” by Toshie Takahama. My friend also noted that an identical model (with no mention of action) titled “Llama”, model #28, was published in the Spanish book "Una Hoja de Papel" by Lorenzo Herrero Sainz in 1952 (Editor: Salvatella).

At this meeting, I was teaching the model incorrectly (and this wasn’t the first time), resulting in the “shoulders” seen in the photo. This also leaves the legs loose and floppy, making it hard to get the model to flip and land on its feet; the legs splay and the horse looks drunk. I knew it wasn’t right, and finally looked it up last week. I had forgotten that the legs have to initially be formed while the model is in the Square Base configuration, after making the *creases* for the Petal Fold, but not actually forming the Petal Fold. You make the two cuts on the front and back of the Square Base, then raise the legs, still from the Square Base configuration, form the feet, then close the legs lengthwise, then fold down the head and tail.

To make the model somersault, you put your finger under the tail and flip the tail smartly upward; it will do a forward-360 and land back on its feet. It does usually take a bit of practice to learn how hard to push up on the tail, and how fast to do it, too. You can have a contest to see how many times in a row you can make it land upright.

Here’s one that we made at the meeting. You can see how the legs will splay without any encouragement.

And here’s one that is made correctly; you can see that the legs look sturdier than on the one above.

Snake.  Design by Unknown, possibly Traditional. A diagram for this model has shown up on at least two Page-A-Day-type calendars in the last few years. One of them can be found at:

*** Feb 2014: Additional information, courtesy of M. Grand: This model is diagrammed in the book “Origami Treasure Chest” (1991), by Keiji Kitamura, pg24. ***

Cute, and easy to make and teach. I taught this for Chinese New Year last year, the Year of the Snake, at the Los Angeles Chinese American Museum’s Lantern Festival. In the photo, the green snake has had “value added” by Annie M.

Triangle Gift Box.  Design by John Andrisan. John says it was inspired by a Philip Shen 4-sided box. I made the only known existing diagram, in 2007, and John gave me permission to share the diagram. It should be visible from my associated Google+ page. I think you should be able to download it to your device.

The diagram was also published (John submitted it) in a British Origami Society magazine a few years back, maybe 2009 or 2010. I can’t find my copy, of course. I also taught the model at the Pacific Coast Origami Conference in 2007 or 2009.

*** Feb 2014: One of my trusty sources found the information: It was published in both the 2008 and 2009 BOS Autumn Convention Books (not the magazine). ***

Here are three Triangle Gift Boxes (TGBs) that we made at the meeting, from 8in scrapbook paper. One is partly open to show how the closing works; it closes like a packing box.

Here they are again, from the side. None of the folds for this model are difficult, but there is a collapse that forms the inside and the top points (that form the lid) and if you’ve not done this type of collapse before, it can be challenging to learn. (I first learned this collapse from a Tomoko Fuse book, “Home Decorating With Origami”, the “Dice Box” to be specific. Once learned, it, too, is easy, and quite amazing to do; it’s one of those “magic maneuvers”, as in “push here and a miracle happens”). The TGB is made from a hexagon; the diagram shows how to make that as well. (BTW, In the upper right corner of this photo, you can see the back end of one of those Acrobatic Horses, in the collapsed state. Just sooo tired!)

These last two were made with printed, glossy, 6in origami paper. Would make a pretty Valentine’s candy box.

Fortune Teller.  Design is Traditional. Diagrammed in many books, and on-line. Also known as: Salt Cellar, Cootie Catcher, and other names in other countries. Make 2 Book Folds on the white side; Full Blintz; Turn over; Full Blintz; Make 2 (soft) Book Folds (valley folds on the side you just made the 2nd set of Blintzes on). Turn over and make 2 (soft) Triangle Folds (valley folds on the side where the 4 pockets are). Now insert 3 fingers and your thumb into the 4 pockets, turn your hand over, and voila!

*** Feb 2014: One diagram can be found in “Paper Pandas & Jumping Frogs” (1986), by Florence Temko, pg80. ***

The photo shows the model in the Fortune Teller position. Turn it over and it’s a Salt Cellar. Never have been sure what configuration the Cootie Catcher would be in.

Flapping Bird (Arthur Smith).  Design by Arthur C Smith (ca 1970). Diagram can be found in “The Flapping Bird” by Samuel Randlett, page 100 (1976). You can get a copy from OrigamiUSA. This book is a compilation of the newsletters called "The Flapping Bird" from 1968-1976, done by Randlett. It’s a good flapper, elegant in appearance, and not hard to fold.

The one on the left started out White-side-up. The one on the right, Colored-side-up.

Helicopter.  Design is by Unknown. I’m sure I’ve seen a diagram, somewhere, but no idea where. Kids love this model. All you have to do is hold it up a good distance from the floor (about 5ft seems to be the minimum, so kids may have to stand on something), and let go. It does a great “twirlybird” imitation. I think I’ve seen several people make this model at West Coast Origami Guild (WCOG) meetings, in L.A., Michael, Yami, Joe, maybe others.

Made from a long-ish rectangle, 1x2 is good. Annie M taught this at the meeting. I think we used half-squares (1x2).

*** Feb 2014: M. Grand provided new information: You can see a 1943 article on a more fussy version of this model, that includes mention of various principles of flight, at:
Also a page-a-day-type calendar page, for 14jun13, shows a diagram for the one I know, with no attribution as to original designer:

Front side. I think you can see from these photos, how to make it. You hold it up as high as you can, point-down, “rotors” up, and just let go. The folds at the point give it some bottom-weight, and the rotors twirl and cause it to fall slowly, twirling all the way.

Back side.

Airplane.  Design by Unknown. I’ve seen this model folded in several different venues. I think either Michael or Joe first taught me the model, at a WCOG meeting some years ago. I have an informal diagram, somewhere. It’s made from 8.5x11 paper, so any piece of printer paper is fine. It has a lock in the middle (you can see the lock on the lavendar one that’s turned up-side-down), and can be made to fly like a boomerang. The blue one, in the middle, has the horizontal stabs curled upward; this will make it come back to you, like a boomerang, if you toss it straight up, like a rocket. I think the upward curl of the horizontal stabilizers is also what will make it do a “repeated-stall” flight when tossed forward. Toss it forward, from as high as you can, and it will do a long, slow “fly-stall-fly-stall” flight. Even with no special modifications, it’s a great flyer.

Butterfly Corner Clip.  Design by Ralph Matthews of England. Diagram in “Minigami” by Gay Merrill Gross, pg 51. Made from a 2x3 rectangle (fold a square in 3rds, cut off one 3rd, use the larger piece). Requires a squash and two inside-reverses. Can be modeled into a 3-D model or left flat and used to hook onto the corner of a page of a book (it has a pocket on the back).

*** Feb 2014: I’ve corrected the name, above, to Ralph Matthews. ***

Posey & Leaf (aka Blossom & Leaf).  Design is considered Traditional, per the diagram in “Minigami” by Gay Merrill Gross, pg 54. Posey made from a white Square Base. Leaf made from a colored Triangle fold. Use a bit of tape to combine them, and a pin-back so you can wear it on your shirt. Make it with some pretty patterned paper, it’s surprising how such a simple model can look so pretty!

//////  Twelve folders attended the December 2013 RUFF (Rosamond Upbeat Folding Fanatics) meeting. Three folders attended the December 2013 HiDEF (High-Desert Enthusiastic Folders) meeting.

Origamies we folded in December:

Models from PP&JF.  Before the other folders showed up for the HiDEF meeting, I folded these origamies from “Paper Pandas & Jumping Frogs” by Florence Temko. Starting on the far left is the Fortune Teller (pg 80), in the Salt Cellar configuration. Going clockwise, next are two Penguins (pg 28), then a Chinese Duck (pg 22), then a Cicada (she calls it “Bug”, pg 72), then another Duck, and in the middle are two Jumping Frogs (each made from a half-square, pg 16). The “Tiger”, from another source, I will discuss later.

Curler Flower.  *** This whole section was re-written in Feb 2014, with help from Michel Grand. *** The concept of the Curler Module or “curler folding” originated with Herman van Goubergen from Belguim in 2000. See:
Many variations on the basic technique have been made by the Polish couple Krystyna & Wojciech Burczyk. Their books (some of them anyway) are available from I’m sure I have at least one of them (bought it from them at a PCOC event), but can’t find it right now.

For a look at some rather involved examples, Ekatarina Lukasheva has a totally awesome website, that includes many of these type modulars plus many, many other modulars (if you like modulars, go see it!

The one we attempted (taught by Chris Alexander) was supposed to be just a flower, and I think the unit was a Triangle Base (aka Waterbomb Base), but I could be wrong (looking at the photo, it could be the Square Base, aka Preliminary Base). Chris folded the one pictured. The rest of us tried it, but ours were dismal failures. Getting the units to hook together is not easy! It is also helpful to have tweezers for the curling and to use paper that will hold a curl well (and spritzing with water also helps, as with any curling operation).

Swan.  Design by Ilan Garibi. Video at:

Simple, elegant, requires finesse to do nicely. Chris Alexander taught this model.

Panda.  Design by Unknown. Diagram Unknown. Chris taught it. He thought is was diagrammed in “Origami Omnibus” by Kunihiko Kasahara, but I don’t see it there.

*** Feb 2014: This model is indeed in this book. My source found it, on page 170, called “Giant Panda” ***

Bell.  Design by Unknown. Diagram Unknown. Chris taught it. He thought is was diagrammed in “Origami Omnibus” by Kunihiko Kasahara, but I don’t see it there. I folded something similar as a Christmas dec for my office at work one year. I think I got the diagram from a Page-a-Day-type calendar, but don’t have a source for it now.

*** Feb 2014: M. Grand provided additional information: Diagram can be found in “Origami Made Easy” (1973) by Kunihiko Kasahara, pg40. ***

Linked Chain.  Design by Unknown. Diagram Unknown. Chris taught it. I’ve done this in the past, at WCOG meetings. Once the links are connected and closed up, they are *very* strong (considering they are made from paper). Makes a great garland or chain for decorating. The folding is simple, made from a long-ish rectangle.

*** Feb 2014: Thanks again to M.Grand who found this model in two places. Designed by David Shall. It appears, made from dollar bills, in “Making More With Money” (pg 24, 1995). It also appears in “Papercopia: Origami Designs” by David Shall (page 25, 2007). ***

Paper Tiger.  Design by Unknown. Diagram in “Origami” by Makoto Yamaguchi (1995, in Japanese, isbn 4-8163-1757-0), pg152. I call it Kiri-Origami Paper Tiger (it involves both folding, “ori”, and cutting, “kiri”). I first learned it in about 1970, from a little booklet I picked up somewhere while living in NYC. Later lost track of the booklet and forgot how to make it. In about 2012, I ran across a diagram in the aforementioned book and was delighted to make its acquantance again. It requires cuts to remove the “unwanted” areas, but when drawn on, it is so charming, I fell quite in love with it again. The one pictured was done quickly. With the right paper and careful drawing, it makes a lovely gift, or cool little “friend” to keep around where it can cheer you up.

*** Feb 2014: added the page number for the diagram reference. ***

Jumping Frog.  Traditional design. Diagram Unknown, although I have an informal one, which I have also made available via my Google+ page. I learned this frog from Ernie Fong (now deceased), who used to teach the model to the kids at the Tehachapi Heritage Museum in Tehachapi, CA. I have known several different jumping frogs, but this one is my favorite.

Chinese Duck.  Traditional design. Diagram in “Paper Pandas & Jumping Frogs” by Florence Temko (1986, pg 22). Simple, cute model. Good one to have in your repertoire.

Two-Piece Simple Decoration.  Design Unknown. Diagram Unknown, except for my informal one. I learned this model in about 1970. This is the one made from either a square or a long-ish rectangle (1x2 works). Make two pieces and insert flaps into pockets. We made these from squares. When made from a long rectangle, it looks more like an icicle.

*** Feb 2014: M. Grand provided this source information: this model looks very like Octohedron Tree Ornament by Robert Neale, shown in “The Origamian” magazine, Vol. 8, Issue 3, Autumn 1968, pg 4. There is also a model called Ornament, by Robert Neale, in “Origami Omnibus” (page 28). I have also seen other folders, in the past, fold a model that is the same as Robert Neale’s Ornament. The Robert Neale model, the one that I know of and that is shown in “Origami Omnibus”, is definitely not the same model as this Two-Piece Simple Decoration that I learned in about 1970. Robert Neale’s model is made from six Waterbomb Bases. Two-Piece Simple Decoration is made from two squares or two long rectangles that start with a Cupboard Door fold. The confusion comes from the fact that the finished models look exactly the same if they are made from modules that are all the same color. If the modules are different colors, then the finished models won’t look *exactly* the same, but they are different only in the locations of the colors, so it’s still easy to confuse them with each other.

M. Grand also found it in the BOS booklet #20 “Origami Christmas Tree Decorations” written by Paul Jackson. The module is diagrammed on page 18, to be used as a decoration and is mentioned as “traditional”. The booklet was published in December 1982. Also a video can be seen at:
Finally, a diagram was published in “The Best of Origami” (1961) by Samuel Randlett, pg18. It is called Ornament. Attributed to John M Norquist; photo on pg109. ***


Flapping Bird (Traditional).  Design is Traditional. Diagram can be found in “The Magic of Origami” by Alice Gray & Kunihiko Kasahara, page 86. On the same page, the Traditional Flapping Crane is diagrammed. They both start out as a Bird Base (Square Base plus two Petal Folds), and then bring up the neck and tail. The only difference between the two models is the narrowing (“slimming”) of the neck and tail for the Flapping Crane. The Traditional Flapping Bird has good flapping action, but it can be uneven and hard to get started. The Flapping Crane is not as good a flapper, in my experience.

The “step” on the bottom of the model can be at the head-end or the tail-end, as you like. I don’t find that the flapping action is much or any different, either way. But you do have to make that little step or it won’t flap; the step makes room for the structures at that junction to move. You hold the “chest” and pull either on the tail or on the back point under the tail.

Flapping Bird Mobile.  Last but not least, here is the photo sent by Fran, of the mobile she made back in Sep or Oct. Very pretty!

All Photos by Chila Caldera, unless noted otherwise. If you use them, give full credit, for the origami design and the photo. If you use any Diagrams on this page, or pointed to, give full credit to the extent known, for both the design and the diagram; you may share, but not sell, the diagram.
----- The RUFF meeting for February 2014 will be held at the Rosamond, CA, Library on:
Tuesday, 04 Feb, 5-7pm.
----- The HiDEF meeting for February 2014 will be held at the Lancaster, CA, Library on:
Saturday, 08 Feb, 1-4pm.
----- Whoever shows up for these meetings can sit down and fold with me or whoever else is there. I always bring plenty of paper and am always ready to teach various simple-to-intermediate origamies. Others can teach as well, or bring books or diagrams that we can explore together.
...Chila --------------------------------------------------------------
Chilagami - I think, therefore I fold; I fold, therefore I am
Folding for Fun in the Mojave Desert
Southern California, USA

Monday, January 27, 2014

First Post for this New Blog Page - January 2014

Lion.  My brother, Leslie, scratching the kitty's chin. No, this is not origami!

So, I had to start this Blog Page over. It was the only way I could figure how to link it to my Gmail account. So all the old Meeting Reports are gone, except that I do have the text (and photos, separately) in a Word file. But I will probably never have time to re-post them. So, starting over today. I guess I'll just start with the January 2014 report, since that's what's "due" as of now. Maybe get a few pics from Oct-Dec 2013, since they never did make it here in the first place, while I was struggling to get back into the old account and get it switched to Gmail.
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